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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2002): Community Regeneration and Development - Overseas

ANTHROPOLOGY CONSULTANCY IN THE UK AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE THIRD WORLD: A DIFFICULT DIALOGUE

P. Panayiotopoulos

Development in Practice, vol. 12, 2002, p. 45-58

Applied anthropology has found a role in NGOs, the World Bank and the Department for International Development as a useful technical aid in community or social development programmes and is linked to poverty reduction and empowerment objectives. Article points to an unease about this role and the extent to which consultancy services act in a predatory manner towards the NGO community. There are problems in trying to assess the general contribution made by anthropology to policy or to measure its specific contributions to the development of participatory practices.

COMMUNICATARIAN POPULISM AND THE POLITICS OF REARGUARD RESISTANCE IN RURAL IRELAN

T. Varley and C. Curtin

Community Development Journal, vol. 37, 2002, p. 20-32.

This article looks at how community councils and community cooperatives conform to models of radical and pragmatic populist-type collective action. It examines their ideologies, their organisational cultures and the tactics they have relied on to meet their aims.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND STATE BUILDING: A SHARED PROJECT

T. Collins

Community Development Journal, vol. 37, 2002, p. 91-100.

The article looks at a number of issues concerning the community development experience in Ireland in the context of concepts of state development. It starts by defining the state and then goes on to look at:

  • participative democracy;
  • generative politics;
  • the emergence of partnerships in the 1980s and 1990s;
  • the community sector and the idea of a contested space;
  • the resisting of the state.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND - A POLICY REVIEW

S. Broaderick

Community Development Journal, vol. 37, 2002, p. 101-110

The policy review looks at the current context for community development practice in the Republic of Ireland. It looks at the idea of social partnership in context and considers the proposals of the white paper, "A Framework for Supporting Voluntary Activity and for Developing the Relationship between the State and the Community Voluntary Sector", with respect to the objectives of community development agencies.

CULTURE LAG AND DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT IN IRELAND : OR, DAT'S OUTSIDE DE TERMS OF D'AGREEMENT'

J. P. O'Carroll.

Community Development Journal, vol. 37, 2002, p. 10-19

Article examines the main characteristics of the institutional context of policy making in Ireland and their consequences for community development. The emphasis on partnership on all levels, on the nation, and on the community, is shown to contribute more to the legitimation of the state than to the cause of community.

PARTNERING THE STATE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL: THE EXPERIENCES OF ONE COMMUNITY WORKER

R. Loughry

Community Development Journal, vol. 37, 2002, p60-68

This article discusses the experience of one community worker in Cork City, Ireland in interacting with the state. It discusses the challenges faced by state institutions when interacting with the local community and offers some practical suggestions for the development of mechanisms that may facilitate effective state/community efforts to operationalize local partnerships.

SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP - IS IT 'THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN'?

M. Murphy

Community Development Journal, vol. 37, 2002, p. 80-90

This article provides an analysis of some of the experiences of the Irish community and voluntary sector's participation in social partnership. It explores the politics of social partnership and discusses the implications of participation in social partnership for the strategies and choices for the community and voluntary sector. Outcomes of that participation from the perspective of both its impact on income and other inequalities and its impact on the community and voluntary sector in respect of its relationships with the state and other actors.

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